Showcase Presenters

Mi Padrino

27 July 2017
Presenter: Kimberly Gamez, Founder & CEO

Mi Padrino is a moderating organization specializing in the crowd-gifting events for the global Hispanic event market. The company offers a reliable alternative to traditional means of padrinos (financial sponsors) and promotes traditional Latin American cultural celebrations such as Quinceañeras, weddings, Tres Años and baptisms. Offering both a B2C and B2B revenue model, Mi Padrino has solved a huge problem for the Hispanic people yet has given national and local businesses an opportunity to capture the attention of the fastest growing demographic in the US.

Update - Year 1:

Mi Padrino has been growing exponentially since its launch in June 2017, blowing a year-end user goal of 600 out of the water, with actual users totaling 50,000! Founder Kim Gamez won $50K at a female pitch competition in Upstate New York in October '17, and just a few weeks later went on to win $100K at Accelerate Michigan's Innovation Competition! Mi Padrino was featured nationwide on the cover of Quinceanera Magazine this Spring, and is excited to announce that Carley Roney, Founder of TheKnot, has joined the team as a mentor/advisor. Mi Padrino recently closed a Series Seed investment led by Astia Angels, and is currently part of the Desai Accelerator in Ann Arbor. The company has many strategic partnerships in the works, is building features that will allow growth into Mexico, and is on track to hit 500,000 users this year!

Carrot

18 May 2017
Presenter: Michael Antaran, Founder

CARROT is a mobile health & wellness program that motivates participants on an individual level. Its proprietary algorithm allows members to compete equally for rewards, providing instant gratification for meeting personalized goals. CARROT's easy-to-manage program delivers three times the engagement at one-sixth the cost of traditional fitness initiatives.

Michael Antaran is the Founder and CEO of Marvel Apps, an independent software company based in Royal Oak. A lifelong Metro Detroiter, Michael earned degrees from Wayne State and Central Michigan before spending 15 years as a powertrain engineer with Chrysler and General Motors. Michael took the lessons learned in the auto industry - primarily, a focus on customer experience - to successfully guide his own company.

Since 2008, Marvel Apps has specialized in creating fun, engaging mobile games - and in January 2016, they gamified health and wellness with an innovative program called "CARROT".

Update - Year 1:

The number of CARROT clients has tripled in the last year; 25-plus organizations now offer CARROT to nearly 90,000 paid users (employees).

A promising new B-to-B channel, “CARROT for Community Health”, was recently introduced with Beaumont Health launching the program in Metro Detroit. CARROT is the high-tech centerpiece to support Beaumont’s community health efforts at its eight regional hospitals. CARROT is currently in negotiations with several other community health organizations.  

In the first quarter of 2018, CARROT raised $40,000 through Netcapital.com, a crowdfunding platform. CARROT is in the process of raising another round to allow the company to boost its sales and marketing efforts globally.

Looking ahead, CARROT will introduce “CARROT Premium” with the launch of CARROT 3.0 in Q3 2018. For a monthly fee (an in-app purchase), “Premium” will allow any user worldwide to enjoy the same benefits as participants in a CARROT wellness program. CARROT is also finalizing gamified twists to address two other foundational elements of wellness – nutrition and sleep.

Spellbound

18 May 2017
Presenter: Christina York, Founder & CEO

Christina York - SpellboundSpellBound is a therapeutic tool that uses augmented reality technology to calm children before medical procedures and increase their cooperation with treatment. SpellBound’s 3D experiences are being used in top-tier pediatric hospitals to distract during painful procedures and encourage motor skill rehabilitation, reducing trauma for children and cost of care for hospitals.

Christina York is the founder and CEO of SpellBound, an Ann Arbor-based technology startup that is anchoring the $95Bn augmented reality industry in the Midwest. Christina comes from a user experience background and spent 15 years designing technology solutions for health care and higher ed, building high-performing teams and managing 7-figure budgets. She holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Information Science and is active in the STEM movement in southeastern Michigan.

Update - Year 1:

SpellBound is a digital pain and anxiety management tool that is used by hospital therapists to get patients to cooperate with medical treatment. Since we were part of NEF (pitching in May 2017), we have gone from 8 to 21 hospitals as customers, seen revenue grow by 210% over Q2 last year, and now have 3 FTEs and 5 contract to round out our team. SpellBound was recognized at Accelerate Michigan this year, making it to the top 10 and taking home the People’s Choice award. We’ve also started to raise a seed round to fuel our growth and have a lead investor out of Chicago.

Clingfish

20 April 2017
Presenter: Tasneen Bowe, CEO & Co-Founder

A patented vacuum accessory mount that allows use on aluminum-bodied vehicles without damaging the roof or any interior or external elements.

As the CEO and Co-Founder of Clingfish Products, Tasneen Bowe is responsible for running all facets of the business. Tasneen has a proven executive management track record and over 10 years of experience driving sales, strategy, and marketing strategies in the real estate, retail, and technology industries. She serves on the board of directors for The Women’s Council of Washtenaw County. In addition, Ms. Bowe earned a BA in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University and a Certified Associates in Project Management accreditation.

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